Books: Tragicomic Musketeers

HEART FLIGHTS (191 pp.)—Felicien Marceau—Abelard-Schuman ($3.50).

"Greetings, opium of the people, scum of the old order," said Arthur Rimbaud.

"Greetings," replied Cardinal Mazarin.

"Here you are," Vicomte de Valmont, the roué hero of an 18th century novel, chimed in benignly.

The speakers are three schoolboys of present-day Paris who have "decided to model their lives on those of distinguished men." Bored by both their ordinary selves and their ordinary lives, they dream of rebellion, plots and seductions. Their big day comes when a worried spinster, who lives with an aristocratic family just outside Paris, tells...

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